Rainbow Beach and Great Beach Drive
Beach horse riding no longer exists in Queensland, except, of course at Rainbow Beach!
There’s no better feeling than at full canter on a beach! Don’t worry about cars, this route is strictly horses only! And, it’s one of the most beautiful ways to commune with our colourful cliffs, sand blows and beaches. Rainbow Beach Horse Riding is a great way to experience this beautiful stretch of beach and, for the more expert rider, what about cooling off in the water with your horse.
For those seeking an iconic all-Australian horse experience, why not try the region’s new Goomboorian Campdraft Ride and learn the art of working with cattle. This one takes 5 days, but its filled with spectacular scenery, beautifully prepared food and amazing horses!
But you can’t come to a World Surfing Reserve and not learn to surf! Come on, it’s an Australian must do! While you’re in Rainbow Beach, why not learn to surf with Epic Ocean Adventures. Rainbow Beach has Australia’s longest left hand surf break, which means it’s one of the safest places in Australia to take your first surfing steps! Alternatively, sea kayaking alongside dolphins, turtles, mantas and in season, whales, provides great photo opportunities, not to mention the wonderful views of the mainland from the sea.
And, a little tip from us...
At night, the stars from Carlo Sand Blow are so close you’ll think you can touch them! You can’t, but for stargazers – you need to go here!! For the rest of us, it’s definitely worth a visit but maybe take a torch (and a trusted local) to light your way.
For a river kayaking experience, you might like to consider Mary Valley Country, nestled in lush green rolling hills, National Parks and Forest Reserves. The Mary Valley River (Moocoolaba or “meeting of waters” to our first people) is home to a wide range of rare fish, plants and animal species including the Mary River Cod, Mary River Turtle, the giant barred frog, the cascade tree frog and, the extremely rare Coxen’s fig parrot and the lungfish and Ride on Mary can point you in the direction of all the best river spots along the river.
If walking is more your thing, Tropical Treks can guide you through some of Mary Valley Country’s top spots to experience these vulnerable species as well as highlight some of the best “camera-worthy” views that not even the locals can take you to!
If a restful country sleepover is what you’re dreaming of – Mary Valley Views, Amamoor Lodge and Melawondi Springs Retreat could be just what you’re looking for. Ask them about their country style breakfasts! You’ll thank us for the tip!